Japan corporate confidence fades

Gloom worsens among all sizes of business

Yen hits six-year low after Tankan data

Sentiment in Japan’s service sectors falls sharply

IMF warns of global imbalances risk

Foreign liabilities in Spain and US continue to rise

Chinese hit the road for ‘golden week’

Trips to Hong Kong largely unaffected by the pro-democracy protests

Hopes rise of Xi-Abe meeting

Leaders reported to be considering talks at Apec forum in November

Japan’s factory output falls in August

Industrial production data disappoint but retail sales improve

Japan renewables curb could boost nuclear

Two utilities will not accept new connections from green suppliers

Japanese volcanic eruption kills 31 hikers

Dozens more injured by smoke and ash on Mount Ontake

Japan inflation slips to 10-month low

Muted data will fuel expectations of fresh monetary stimulus

Japan still on track for second tax rise

‘Abenomics’ minister says stimulus measures will protect economy

BoJ buys one-year debt at negative yields

Move could fuel claims of going too far in bankrolling government

China reportedly arrests own diplomat as spy

Envoy to Iceland allegedly accused of working for Japan

Japan imports fall as fragility persists

Economy struggles to shake off April’s sales tax rise

Japan’s Asahi newspaper sacks editor

Nationalist voices criticising centre-left paper have grown louder since Abe’s premiership

Chinese majority expect war with Japan

Poll finds 93% of Japanese have unfavourable view of neighbour

Japan is creating jobs but not prosperity

Casualisation of workforce is stifling reflationary experiment

Japan GDP fall revised down to 7.1%

Japan aluminium scrap hits 6-year high

Weak yen and wider use of the metal in cars drives up prices

BoJ strikes bearish note

Japan’s central bank says demand dip caused by tax rise is not threatening recovery

Abe preserves conservatism in reshuffle

More women in Japan cabinet but traditionalists remain dominant